Going to college was good for me. I learned lots of stuff: history teachers in public school don't teach a lot of what happened; there is a reason for every cultural norm; other cultures are just as valid as my own. I learned tolerance and understanding for many people's experiences, and I continue to try to expand that part of my education. I also learned things like anxiety and depression aren't personal failings, and that it's not normal to feel awful all the time. I learned I wasn't alone in how felt about a lot of things, but most importantly, I learned that you could learn to live with stress in a healthier way.
After becoming a parent, it became clear that my education helped more than just me. My husband learned new ideas that he was able to put to work. I learned things that made explaining the world easier when my kids asked tough questions. I am a better tutor for them than I would have been if I hadn't had an education. I understand the news better. I can talk with many more people comfortably. Most of all, curiosity is contagious.
I want to remind everyone that learning isn't just for ourselves. Education is transmittable and investing in learning benefits far more people than just the student. It benefits families and communities.
I bless you with learning opportunities big and small. I bless you with an abundance of curiosity. I bless you with exhilarating, delightful discoveries.